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New Church at Tongwynlais - This month we’re stepping back in time to 1875, when the foundation stone for St Michael’s Church was laid. The Western Mail reported on the ceremony, which took place on 10th June 1875. There’s lots of fascinating information and details about village life in the 19th century. For more history and images of the village ... more...
birthday cake with 7 candle Seven Years On: Looking Back - It’s that time of year when I look back at the last 12 months of content on the blog. The site has had a change of direction this year with a new focus on four topics of interest: photography, adventure, local history and art. The blogging year began with an adventure in Fforest Fawr, where ... more...
Old postcard showing aerial photo of Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 7 - Today’s postcard is an aerial shot of the village and surrounding valley. The postcard was produced by Photochrom Co. Ltd. They are based in London and Tunbridge Wells and were established in 1896. There’s no date or stamp to tell us when it was produced but the existence of the Walnut Tree Viaduct tells us ... more...
Painting of Merthyr Road in Tongwynlais “Reflections of Tongwynlais” by Kevin Williams - Kevin Williams is holding his “Reflections of Tongwynlais” art exhibition at the Bethesda Chapel in Tongwynlais for this year’s Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Festival. The exhibition is Kevin’s second “Village Project“, in which the Taff’s Well born artist produces paintings and drawings of scenes in and around the village. He collaborates with local schools and the ... more...
Old postcard of Castell Coch and The Ynys Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 6 - I have a few postcards produced by Ernest T Bush but don’t know much about the man or his collection. After purchasing some postcards at a local sale, the dealer mentioned that the gentleman opposite was a keen collector of Bush postcards and that he’d produced a series of books. I introduced myself to Derek ... more...